Finnish union successfully lobbies for change in unemployment law

Since 2013 freelance journalists in Finland enjoy better

legal status in case of unemployment. The law now recognises them as freelance

journalists and not as entrepreneurs thus permitting access to unemployment

benefits. The legislative change came about thanks to successful, constant

lobbying of the Union of Journalists in Finland (UFJ).  Additionally, freelance journalists now do

not have to wait for months to be able to receive unemployment benefits.

The amendments will benefit especially immigrant

journalists who often work as freelancers due to the language barrier but could

not fall back onto the safety net provided to their Finnish counterparts.

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